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Favre says retirement is for real this time

Brett Favre is a free agent, after the New York Jets released him Tuesday night from the reserve-retired list.

The 39-year-old quarterback asked for the release a few weeks ago, but he insists he has no plans to return to the NFL for a 19th season.

Favre said nothing has changed, and he has no intentions to return to football.

When the Green Bay Packers traded Favre last summer, there were conditions that required the Packers to be compensated if the Jets dealt him away. Those conditions no longer apply.

And there's sure to be speculation that Favre could return with any number of teams, especially if his torn biceps tendon in his throwing arm heals.

The injury hampered him a year ago, as he led the Jets to 1-4 finish which took them out of the playoffs and resulted in coach Eric Mangini being fired.

Favre, a three-time MVP, played 16 seasons in Green Bay before his first retirement last March.

The Packers had already moved on when he decided to return, leading to a bitter fall-out and his trade to New York.

When he retired again on Feb. 11, he said it was for real this time.